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Spotlight on Outdoor Sculpture 2018

Spotlight On Outdoor Sculpture Summer 2018

A few weeks ago we installed this beautiful commissioned outdoor scultpure by our artist Sandra James into a client’s garden in Somerset, it got us yearning to see more and with the summer holiday season upon us we thought we’d share with you some of the outdoor sculpture exhibitions that are set to take place this summer.

Here are Cavaliero Finn’s picks of the best places to see outdoor sculpture this summer.

The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park

Part of the Christo and Jeanne-Claude exhibition

On now to 23 September 2018

A must see this summer is The London Mastaba, the first major outdoor public work by Christo in the UK. It coincides with an exhibition the Serpentine Gallery is running of Christo and his late wife Jeanne–Claude’s work, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba 1958–2018.

The London Mastaba is an impressive 20-metre-high sculpture floating on London’s Serpentine Lake, which takes inspiration from mastabas – benches with two vertical sides, two slanted sides and a flat top – which originated with the first ancient civilisations of Mesopotamia. Created from a mind-boggling 7,506 painted barrels specifically fabricated and painted in shades of red, white, blue and mauve. The sculpture is secured to scaffolding which is anchored in the lake and was entirely self funded and is free to view by all.

Hyde Park is open daily from 5AM – midnight and the Serpentine Galleries are open 10AM-6PM, daily, throughout the summer. Entry is free.

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Scultpure and Ceramics at Doddington Hall & Gardens

July 28th – 9th September 2018

Cavaliero Finn’s sculptors Daniel Reynolds and Matthew Chambers both have work featured at Doddington Hall this summer, organised as part of the biennial outdoor and indoor sculpture exhibition and set in this beautiful, Elizabethan mansion on the outskirts of Lincoln, which dates back to the 1600.

With Doddington Hall as a backdrop, the gardens and the parkland beyond are the perfect setting for work from internationally acclaimed sculptors such as Michael Speller, Anne Curry MRBS and Heather Jansch curated by David Waghorne.  Curator Preston Fitzgerald adds to this line up with the first ceramics exhibition at Doddington featured in the large indoor galleries in the Stable Yard.

Garden Admission Applies 

Adult  £7 Child  £3.50 Family £18

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Houghton Hall, Norfolk

In recent years, Lord Cholmondeley of Houghton Hall, Norfolk has built up an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures by world renowned artists, which are displayed in the gardens and grounds at Houghton.

This Spring/Summer has seen a terrific collaboration with the artist Damien Hirst who has taken over Houghton Hall, there’s still time to see the outdoor sculptures by the artist which will remain in situ throughout the summer holidays until the end of September.  7 of Hirst’s most famous and visually arresting sculptures are installed outdoors in the park. They include the celebrated Virgin Mother (2005–2006) which was shown in the courtyard of the Royal Academy in 2006, and Charity (2002–2003) which was installed on Hoxton Square in 2003 and outside the Royal West of England Academy of Art in Bristol in 2011.  See these as well as work by world renowned sculptors such as Sir Richard Long, Anya Gallaccio, Zhan Wang, Stephen Cox, Jeppe Hein, Rachel Whiteread and Phillip King.

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Frieze Sculpture 2018

Open now until 7 October 2018 in London’s Regent’s Park

Frieze Sculpture brings together work by 25 artists from five continents, including: Larry Achiampong, John Baldessari, Rana Begum, Yoan Capote, James Capper, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Tim Etchells, Rachel Feinstein, Barry Flanagan, Laura Ford, Dan Graham, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Bharti Kher, Kimsooja, Michele Mathison, Virginia Overton, Simon Periton, Kathleen Ryan, Sean Scully, Conrad Shawcross, Monika Sosnowska, Kiki Smith, Hugo Wilson and Richard Woods.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Currently celebrating 40 years of art without walls, this stunning park has pieces by many internationally famous artists, including Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Anthony Caro and Antony Gormley.  A huge variety of work is permanently scattered throughout the grounds, while exhibitions in the galleries also spill out into the park. It gives a perfect overview of British sculpture in the 20th century and is set in lovely scenery, the most beautiful of English landscapes.

Currently on show is the Giuseppe Penone exhibition – A Tree in the Wood on until 28 April 2019.  Admission free (donations only)

Fans of Sean Scully whose work is currently showing as part of Frieze Sculpture 2018 should pencil the exhibition: Inside Outside in thier diary,  It opens at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park just after the summer on 29 September 2018

And, if you do venture to YSP do not leave Yorkshire without visiting The Hepworth Wakefleld (last year’s Museum of the Year), you will not regret it.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

If Cornwall calls, don’t miss a visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.  It is a unique experience, offering a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the Museum and Garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.

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And while there, make sure you pay a visit to the 2018 Art Fund Museum of the Year, Tate St Ives

Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh

Open until 30 September 2018 10-5pm daily

Collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson bought Bonnington House, a Jacobean manor house set within an 100-acre estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh, in 1999. The parkland houses, Jupiter Artland, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with Quarry, a new installation by Phyllida Barlow, and an exhibition by Joana Vasconcelos. All the sculptures in the permanent collection were created in response to the landscape, the design and location chosen by the artist. They include work by eminent architect Charles Jencks, and artists Jim Lambie, Nathan Coley, Cornelia Parker, Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn and Anthony Gormley.

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Hauser and Wirth, Somerset

Alexander Calder – From the Stony River to the Sky

26 May – 9 Sep 2018

We were lucky enough to see this exhibition a few weeks back, this major solo exhibition of works by Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) is definitely one to see.  The majority of pieces on show have never before been exhibited in the UK.  The exhibition ‘From the Stony River to the Sky’ runs through all five gallery spaces at Hauser & Wirth Somerset with almost 100 pieces, including large-scale outdoor works set within the beautifully landscaped gardens (designed by Piet Oudolf). Known primarily for his invention of the mobile, Calder was one of the most influential and pioneering artists of the twentieth century, transforming the very nature of sculpture by introducing the fourth dimension and the actuality of real-time experience into his work.

There are many similarities between Hauser and Wirth’s upgraded farmhouse building, Durslade Farm (converted by French atelier Laplace) and Calder’s own countryside studio in Roxbury, Conneticut.  Calder’s farmhouse with its similar rolling countryside was where he created his outdoor sculptures for the first time. Two of his first kinetic works, which were designed to move with the wind, are on show in this exhibition: Red and Yellow Vane and Red, White, Black and Brass.

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Alexander Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky at Hauser & Wirth Somerset


New Art Centre

The New Art Centre at Roche Court is a Gallery, Sculpture Park and educational centre where work by internationally renowned artists is shown inside and out. We were lucky enough to be invited to spend a gloriously sunny day with our artist Daniel Reynolds at The New Art Centre last month. Founded in London in 1958 by Madeleine Bessborough and later relocated to Roche Court, a nineteenth-century house, originally built for Admiral Nelson, in rural Salisbury, The New Art Centre represents (among others) the estates of Barbara Hepworth and Kenneth Armitage and provides the most wonderful setting for exhibitions.

The sculpture park currently features a bevvy of beauties including; Christopher Le Brun’s
Union (Horse with Two Discs), 2001, Greg Johns’, Whirling Mandal, 2014, Richard Long’s, Tame Buzzard Line, 2001 and Barry Flanagan’s 30ft Acrobats, 2000.

On show currently (until Aug 10th) in the Artist’s House is ‘Gathering’ – a multi-discipline installation by artist Kate Blee curated by Sarah Griffin exploring colour, material and function. We were particularly taken with Gathering Cloth, a vividly coloured, hand-dyed and painted 10m linen tablecloth which perfectly suited our jubilant mood.

In the Gallery – (until end of Aug) Early work, the vessels from the Rosenheimer Collection – is featured by potter and writer Edmund de Waal. The installation of these simple, elegant forms, set against the backdrop of Stephen Marshall’s beautiful building urges quiet contemplation and reaffirms why this artist’s work is much-revered.

We were spellbound by the work on show, the exquisite location and the most sympathetically designed additions by architect Stephen Marshall. We will return frequently, without question, and we advise you to visit yourself if you can.

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Royal Society of Sculptors

Monday to Friday 11am – 5pm & Saturdays 1 – 5pm

Royal Society of Sculptors , Dora House, 108 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 3RA

Featuring both inside and outdoor sculpture and curated by Jo Baring, Director of the Ingram Collection of British Modern Art, the Royal Society of Sculptors plays hosts to its Summer Show.  As well as sculptures by 23 of its members the show coincides with the installation of a rather beautiful sculpture infront of Dora House by Eduardo Chillida called “Saluda a los Pajaros II” (Salute to the Birds II) 2000

This majestic, abstract sculpture is forged in corten steel. The work appears almost weightless, such was the Spanish-Basque artist’s mastery of material, form and scale.

Chillida was an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors and made this work two years before his death, aged 78.

The sculpture is a generous loan from the Estate of Eduardo Chillida with thanks to Hauser & Wirth.

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Barbara Hepworth once said: “..sculpture grows in the open light and with the movement of the sun its aspect is always changing; and with space and the sky above, it can expand and breathe. ….no sculpture really lives until it goes back into landscape.”  She was spot on really and this is probably why sculpture has played a large part in our gardens for centuries.  As well as being an object of beauty in its own right, it can be used to improve a view or to enhance a landscape and it can be strikingly different to its surroundings and also work beautifully, even in the most modest of sized gardens.

We’re lucky to have worked with a number of talented sculptors over the years whose sculptures work in harmony with the landscape including Sandra James, Patricia Volk (FRBS) and Tom Stogdon (MRBS). So, if you would like to discuss commissioning an artwork for your garden do please get in touch, we’d be happy to help.

We hope you have a good summer.